Hurricane Harvey
A world after deluge
by Jennifer J. Hayes

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The world is an unpredictable place..

The world is an unpredictable place and we all know this, yet sometimes we can be taken by surprise by nature’s wrath and the devastation it can bring to our doorstep.

I have lived in Houston since 1994 and I must confess that I have never seen anything quite like the devastation hurricane Harvey caused this year. With more than one week of constant rain and storms that surpassed even my imagination, which wrecked everything in their path.

Some people were spared from the flood and my family and I were a part of the few lucky ones, yet most people experienced complete devastation. Their lives’ work vanished in just a couple of terrible moments; people worked their entire lives to build a life, a house and then it was all gone, just like that.

Sleepless nights and a constant fear governed our existence during those days…

The worst days seemed like weeks or months because even time looked like it had stopped and my husband and I would take shifts at night to watch out for the flood. Nothing was certain anymore and we knew that we could be in the path of the flood if it continued. Sleepless nights and a constant fear governed our existence during those days…and even after the hurricane faded away, we remained with this frightening question in our heads: ‘what if it happens again?’

Now, looking beyond the fear and all the despair, my eyes have seen something wonderful! The goodness of humanity and how people regardless of race or ethnicity worked towards helping those in need. This was a beautiful moment that made me realize that Houston’s diversity is its strength and that in times of need we are capable of putting all our differences aside and work towards a common cause.

We have the strength to build our city back to greatness

Our City is going to survive no matter what fate brings to our doorstep, and that’s because the people here are strong and compassionate at the same time. We know what selfless help means and even if right now we are surrounded by rubbish and devastation, we have the strength to build our city back to greatness!      

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